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Prison Shadows (1936)

Prison Shadows

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Prison Shadows was put together by the Mercury Productions division of Puritan Pictures, the same folks responsible for the above-average horror thriller Rogue's Tavern. Eddie Nugent plays rising young boxer Gene Harris, who is thrown into jail on a manslaughter charge after one of his opponents dies in the ring. Out on parole, Gene can't get over the fact that he has blood on his hands and is reluctant to climb back into the ring. But his crooked manager has already exploited Gene's grief by advertising him as "Killer" Harris, so our hero figures he's got nothing to lose. Reluctantly, he agrees to another fight -- and once again, his opponent is killed. By this time, the audience is way ahead of Gene in suspecting that there's some sort of criminal conspiracy going on, with the luckless boxer pegged as the fall guy.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Al Martin
On DVD: Jul 28, 2009
Runtime:
Mercury Productions

Cast

Eddie Nugent
as Gene Harris
Lucille Lund
as Claire Thomas
Joan Barclay
as Mary Comstock
Forrest Taylor
as George Miller
Syd Saylor
as Dave Moran
Sid Saylor
as Dave Moran
Monte Blue
as Bert McNamee
John Elliott
as Police Captain
Jack Cowell
as Mr. Graham
Willard Kent
as Veterinarian
Walter O'Keefe
as John Halligan
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From The Mill Creek 50 Movie Dark Crime Collection. ou really have to put your brain on auto pilot to watch this flick, because not a whole lot of it makes any sense. I can see where you could come up with a boxing story with the basic premise of fixing the big match by committing murder, but why in the world would you go to the trouble of killing a couple of palookas along the way on the outside chance of getting to Madison Square Garden? The movie is filled with a lot of 'Whys?', and I keep asking myself why they were in there.

Like this - did I hear this right? Claire (Lucille Lund) explains she can't marry Gene Harris (Eddie Nugent) for seven years because he just got out on parole. What?! Where's that in the marriage rule book? Claire just might be the most unbelievable character in the story; can you imagine someone like her hooking up with Monte Blue as fight manager Bert? You would think he'd be the first guy she would want to take out after the first amorous advance.

I'm convinced that B movie writers of the era regularly failed to put their stories up to a sniff test for even a hint of believability. Chinese herb poison in the towel that absorbs into the bloodstream resulting in death? If that were the case, Charlie Chan would have come across it in one of his flicks for sure.

I can sometimes get long winded panning films like this but I'll keep this one mercifully short. I'll just close on one more element that defies explanation. Why have Corky the Dog portray Babe the Dog. Why not just let him keep his own name? And why not have HIS picture on the little doggy grave at the end of the picture? Sorry, I said one more element. I couldn't help it. 2 Stars 2-25-14

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